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Ancient Roman ship ram found in Neapolitan harbour

On Tuesday, 1 June, while diving in the Neapolitan harbour, diver Salvatore Andelora found an ancient Roman ship ram. The magnificent sunken artefact from the city’s ancient past was found underwater by a man diving in the port of Naples. From the seabed near the castle of Maschio Angioin he unearthed a fragment of an
Published: June 9, 2021 - 09:00
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 22:43
Ancient Roman ship ram found in Neapolitan harbour

On Tuesday, 1 June, while diving in the Neapolitan harbour, diver Salvatore Andelora found an ancient Roman ship ram.

The magnificent sunken artefact from the city’s ancient past was found underwater by a man diving in the port of Naples. From the seabed near the castle of Maschio Angioin he unearthed a fragment of an ancient Roman ship, specifically a bronze battering ram.

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After preliminary examination, the experts determined the age of the find at around 240 B.C. They also informed that the bronze battering ram most probably came from a trireme, i.e. triera-type vessels (trireme). Ships of this type apart from sails had characteristic three rows of oars and the first examples appeared in use around the 7th century BC.

Ancient Roman ship ram fished out of the water
Salvatore in the harbour with his underwater find

According to a report presented by Guaddia di Finanza shows that Salvatore Andelora found the ancient Roman ship ram by chance. He arrived on the scene to inspect the hull of a motor yacht. While inspecting the vessel, which was moored in the harbour at Castel NuovoHe took the opportunity to look around the harbour floor.

Probably when entering the water, he did not expect such an unusual find. After all, every diver (especially those diving in the harbour) has their own little underwater “discoveries”, but how many of them can compare in age and history to the bronze battering ram? After all, who knows what its history is and how many vessels it may have sunk before it hit the bottom of the sea itself?

Probably soon (if they haven’t already done so) underwater archaeologists will be in the harbour. It is possible that the battering ram fished out by Salvatore is not the only valuable artefact resting on the bottom. The long, rich and colourful history of Naples and its surroundings rests hidden in the least expected places and reveals its secrets every now and then.

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Marcin Pawełczyk
Marcin’s journey with diving has been an adventure. Starting as a recreational diver, he soon found himself drawn to the fascinating stories and mysteries of Baltic wrecks. After gaining experience, Marcin decided to go beyond just leisurely exploration and took his training up a notch by completing the TMX course, allowing him to explore even deeper and uncover the secrets of inaccessible places. His next challenge has been cave diving, where he is honing his skills to become a certified diver. Not content to simply take in the breathtaking beauty of underwater life, Marcin has also embraced underwater photography since 2018, capturing stunning shots that bring these worlds alive for those who are unable to experience them first-hand. Marcin’s passion for the underwater has taken him far and is sure to continue doing so as he dives into new depths and captures breathtaking images.
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